Bakery Imaret

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Mudželeti Veliki 19, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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EmEm EmEm
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Pekara Imaret Jul 31, 2017
There is a bakery in every street of Sarajevo, but one is a very special. In the heart of the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina there is a place where at any time of the day or night you will find many people waiting in line to buy hot somun( a kind of bread) or pastries for which this bakery is known. Also tourists in Sarajevo are delighted with this hidden jewel just across the Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque.

The bakery got its name after the whole building where was once the national cuisine, musafirhan, tekke and public toilet were actually called Imaret.

When Isa-beg Isakovic began to build Sarajevo, before the mosque, it was necessary to build musafirhan and imaret to accommodate travelers and guests.

The system was accepted by Gazi Husrev-beg, who first made a tekke, musafirhan and imaret in 1529, and then the mosque and other endowments. So, the history of the entire city starts right in the Imaret region. It had a free cuisine where was cooked food for poor travelers, students of madrasahs, and other distinguished guests as well as employees of the vakuf. Everyone could come, both rich and poor. Travelers had the right to use hospitality for up to three days.

It is interesting that Gazi Husrev-beg also went to eat there, and he especially took care of the service. It was very important for him to be treated the same way like others. At the end of the 16th century, a clock tower was added to the walls of this building, which shows the time after lunar time calculation.

The national kitchen worked until 1943. The musafirhan function was abolished after the Austro-Hungarian occupation, and the function of the national cuisine was maintained until 1943 when it stopped working due to war circumstances.

Today in this bakery you will find bread and pastries of any type, even every kind of national food pita( to go), which earlier were made and sold only in a special type of restaurants called buregdžinica. The smell of fresh pastries comes out from this famous place into the street around it, that you simply cannot pass by without stopping and buying something. So, if you are in Sarajevo, come and visit its famous Imaret bakery!
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Ils1976 says:
I have to remember this one! :)
Posted on: Aug 02, 2017
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